As stewards of the county’s stunning coastline and Marina del Rey harbor, the Department of Beaches and Harbors supports clean, safe and accessible beaches and public spaces in the Marina while promoting quality of life, economic vitality, boating and other recreational opportunities.
Last year, Marina del Rey, the nation’s largest man-made small craft harbor, generated $27 million for vital public services provided by the county. The Marina celebrated its 50th birthday in April with a three-day event at Burton Chace Park. There, thousands of visitors enjoyed four visiting tall ships, boat and classic car shows, and other activities for the entire family, including historical harbor tours that were extended through the summer and fall.
A new program that included both dance, opera, and Broadway tunes was introduced in the award-winning Marina del Rey summer concert series, which attracted a record-breaking 38,000 attendees. A youth sailing program was brought back to the waterfront at Chace Park, which also offered summer movie nights and a Snow Wonder event that included sledding for the winter holidays.
Construction commenced to replace 40-year-old docks at the department-managed Anchorage 47 as part of a redevelopment effort that will bring modern boating amenities to the Marina. Plans were set for significant upgrades to the picnic pavilion and promenade at Marina Beach and improvements at the Marina’s Yvonne Burke Park. Lease agreements negotiated and approved will provide for a new wetland park, new public transient docks, and renovation of the promenade and realignment of the bike trail for improved usability.
Some of the more than 70 million visitors to Los Angeles County beaches enjoyed new facilities at Dan Blocker and Will Rogers beaches that include bluff-top view decks, ADA access ramps and parking. Long awaited repairs at aging restroom facilities began at Royal Palms, Redondo and Manhattan Beaches, while a years-long effort to upgrade septic systems at Malibu’s public beach facilities was completed, assuring improved water quality in the Santa Monica Bay and other benefits. Sand berms were constructed on the beaches to protect facilities during the El Niño storm season.
We remain committed to caring for your coast!